Harper Adams University, which specialises in the agrifood chain and rural sector, is celebrating the graduation of 16 students from its postgraduate certificate in food and fresh produce management.
The two-year course focuses on training graduates in category management and is designed to prepare students for a management career in the fresh produce sector.
Many of the students who graduated from the programme last week have already secured permanent roles in the sector, having spent time on secondment with companies such as Marks & Spencer, Flavourfresh Salads, Fold Hill Foods and Cobrey Farms.
Delivered by Management Development Services (MDS) and accredited by Harper Adams, the course combines management training with four secondments that take place within partner companies.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed MDS. It has been a good opportunity to meet people, gain life experience and take on responsibility”, said 25-year-old James Bradshaw, who completed the course after graduating from Reading University with an agricultural business management degree. “I’m now working for Tesco in the produce category managing fruit and whole foods”.
Other graduates include Anna Playfair-Hannay, who has joined M&S’s agriculture team in London after completing a secondment, and Matthew Embrey, who has joined leading UK fresh fruit importer, distributor and supplier Empire World Trade.